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Willamette Writers Author Signing: Steven Mayfield

Willamette Writers Author Signing Steven Mayfield

Steven Mayfield will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. Steven Mayfield is a past recipient of the Mari Sandoz Prize for Fiction and author of the upcoming novel, Treasure of the Blue Whale (Regal House Publishing, Spring 2020). His short fiction has appeared in Event, The Black…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Heather Ames

Willamette Writers Author Signing Heather Ames

Heather Ames will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. A Miami detective unjustly accused of accepting bribes takes his half-brother’s socialite girlfriend as an unlikely partner when his brother is found beaten to death in the Everglades. A trail of convoluted clues leads him on a journey…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Donnie with Walter W Cole/Darcelle

Willamette Writers Author Signing Donnie with Walter W Cole/Darcelle

Donnie Horn with Walter W Cole/Darcelle will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. Donald l Horn aka Donnie is a playwright, author, director, historian, producer and founder of triangle productions! a theatre company. He has written twelve books including his autobiography Crumbs of Love; the sequel, Pinch…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Marilyn Catherine McDonald, ma

Willamette Writers Author Signing Marilyn Catherine McDonald, ma -

Marilyn Catherine McDonald will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. Marilyn has been a professional writer since 1967. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees while freelancing and raising eight children. Then, as a single parent she returned to the work force or the first time in…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: J. S. James

J. S. James will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. J. S. James lives near Portland, Oregon with his family, including their “Velcro” Vizsla and furry red exercise machine, Maggie. He completed a popular fiction writing program in Washington but grew up fishing and hunting in Oregon.…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Mary Bauer

Mary Bauer will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. Mary has been an educator for forty-three years. In 2000, she co-founded Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School. She has been a long-standing advocate for safer products and practices in schools, serving on her local district’s environmental quality committees.…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth Mitchell will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. Elizabeth Mitchell is the suspense author of sweethearts and magical realism novel I Never Stopped. Being a woman with invisible illnesses, she enjoys a semi-horizontal life in Washington with her husband and two spoiled cats. Twenty-nine years after…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Paula Butterfield

Paula Butterfield will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. Paula earned her M.F.A. from the School of Cinematic Arts, U.S.C. Working as a story analyst for United Artists, she came across few stories about women. But while developing courses about women in the arts, she discovered information…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Kay Jennings

Kay Jennings will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. Native Oregonian Kay Jennings was born in southwest Oregon in a small town not unlike her fictional Port Stirling. She currently lives in Estacada, OR, with her husband, Steve, a technology entrepreneur. Jennings has enjoyed a career in…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Jo Sparkes

Jo Sparkes will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. An award winning writer and former member of the Pro Football Writer’s Association, Jo was the first to interview Emmitt Smith when he started with the Arizona Cardinals. She’s written commercials, done interviews, staffed on a local children’s…